““We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.”
*I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book for review from NetGalley. All opinions stated are my own. This book came out on November 7th.*
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book.
I went into this book not knowing what to expect after seeing it make the rounds around BookTube for the past couple of months. I had been told that it seemed like it would be a Beauty and the Beast retelling and that it featured werewolves and that was it.
I got both of those elements as well as a few other surprises when I picked it up.
The one major problem I had with this book was the characters. I started off really enjoying Rain as a character but as the book went on, my enjoyment of him went down tremendously. I found him really unlikeable and I just lost my interest in him as a character overall.
Freddy was a character I never like from the beginning. I found her so annoying and just couldn’t stand her. She seemed very needy and seemed to always be relying on Rain to provide her with her needs. She just wasn’t the character for me.
The romance was another thing that I didn’t enjoy about this book. It felt very forced in my opinion. This book would have been a lot more enjoyable if it didn’t have a romance featured. It seemed like every other chapter was about the romance. Rain and Freddy also seemed like they were always trying to engage in sex, which normally I don’t have a problem with if the book is marketed as a New Adult book but considering this was marketed as YA, it just didn’t make sense to included in this book.
The plot was the one saving grace for this book in my opinion. As someone who hasn’t read a REALLY ENJOYABLE paranormal fantasy book since I read Twilight over a decade ago, the werewolf parts of this book were something I did enjoy.
I also liked how we did get some sort of Beauty and the Beast retelling incorporated in the story. I also liked how it kind of had that gender-swapped storyline of that fairytale.
The mystery element I don’t think was absolutely necessary for this story but at the same time, it did add an interesting element. It was something that I did like.
Overall, this book was just a whole mess of feelings in my opinion. I think that if this book was the first book in a series, I probably would have enjoyed it more because I found the plot to be very rushed. I liked the writing style so I think that I will give this author another chance in the near future.